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Monday, February 4, 2013

Present continuous/prograssive

what is the present continuous tense?

Present continuous tense of any verb has two parts, one is the present form of the verb of “To be” [am, is, are] another is the present participle form [principle verb + ing] of the verb. Here is described how to make and use it.

How to use the present continuous tense?

We use the present continuous to talk about temporary events or situations, prepared actions or events in the future , temporary habits , annoying habits.

we are talking about happening at the moment of speaking.

  • I am reading the present continuous tense now.
  • My father is sleeping at this moment.
  • Are you eating rice?

we are talking about temporary events or situations.

  • I am staying with you for a month.
  • She is reading a really great book.
  • Are you going to Dhaka for a week?

we are talking about habits temporary habits.

  • I am eating rice a lot these day.
  • He is working late every night.
  • You are smoking too much. [Here, the present participle changes 'smoke' to 'smok']

we are talking about annoying habits.

  • I am forever being late.
  • He is constantly missing the train.
  • You are always disturbing her.

Formation of present continuous tense.

Person/number Affirmative Interrogative Negative
1st person/singular I am eating rice. Am I eating rice? I am not eating rice.
2nd person/singular You are eating rice. Are you eating rice? You are not eating rice.
3rd person/singular He/she is eating rice. Is he/she eating rice? He/she is not eating rice.
1st person/plural We are eating rice. Are we eating rice? We are not eating rice.
2nd person/plural You are eating rice. Are you eating rice? You are not eating rice.
3rd person/plural They are eating rice. Are they eating rice? They are not eating rice.

Note: In every field, we can use “are” [the verb of 'to be'] without 1st person singular for “am” ex: I am eating.] and a 3rd person singular [it for “is” ex: It is raining] for the present continuous tense.

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